Welcome to Laponia World Heritage Area


Unusually for a World Heritage Area, it’s recognised both for its cultural and natural wealth. Laponia encompasses ancient reindeer-grazing grounds of both the mountain and the forest Sami, whose settlements and herds of around 50,000 reindeer are located here. The Sami still lead relatively traditional lives, following the reindeer during their seasonal migrations. The mountain Sami winter in the forests, where there is lichen for their herds, and move into the mountains in summer, while their forest counterparts follow their herds through the forests year-round.

While much of Lappland's World Heritage Area is inaccessible to visitors, the Kungsleden passes through, and the Padjelanta Trail is also extremely popular.


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Laponia World Heritage Area in detail